Don’t despair… Don’t panic! “He’s got the whole world in His hands!”

He's got the whole world in His hands

Perhaps after watching the evening news and reading about what is going on in our world you feel frightened and even in despair! To use colloquialisms, you feel like “the wheels are coming off the wagon” or “things are coming apart at the seams!” Traditional and biblical ethical standards of behavior are being ignored with impudence. Wars are ravaging nations, destroying cities and families. Terrorism brutalizes innocent people and breeds fear and panic. Economies are in jeopardy… Institutions are failing… And leaders seem incompetent and incapable to deal with the crisis!

Don’t despair! God is still in control! I read a passage this morning during “coffee with the Lord” that infused faith in my troubled heart! Judah, because of her sin and rebellion, in keeping with the prophetic message of Jeremiah and others had gone into captivity in Babylon – 70 long years. Jerusalem, along with the temple, had been completely destroyed – it was justa pile of ugly rubble. But God knew… He was aware… the situation, although desperate was not beyond His control. In fact, 150 years ahead of his birth, God had predicted that Cyrus, a pagan king, would be used of God to rebuild and restore Jerusalem (Isaiah 44:24 – 45:13)!

Here’s what the Bible says…

“In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled (cp. Jeremiah 25:1-4; 29:10-14), the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: ‘Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel—he is the God who is in Jerusalem. And let each survivor, in whatever place he sojourns, be assisted by the men of his place with silver and gold, with goods and with beasts, besides freewill offerings for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.’” (Ezra 1:1–4 ESV)

And at the end of 2 Chronicles, just one book of the Bible back:

“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: ‘Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may the Lord his God be with him. Let him go up.’ ” (2 Chronicles 36:22–23 ESV)

I tell you, don’t panic! Trust the Lord! Pray about what’s going on in our world that troubles you! As the old spiritual says, “He’s got the whole world in His hand… He got you and me brother… sister in His hands!”

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